PONTIAN: A woman suffering from toothache or elephantiasis is asking the authorities to consider her application for a disability pension to continue living.
According to Norhayati Abu Bakar, 51, he worked for 15 years at a palm oil factory in Kulai but had to stop in 2016 due to an illness he suffered in 2015.
Before this, her late husband, Abdul Rahman Idrus, had tried going up and down the office in Johor Bahru to get a disability pension but was rejected on the grounds that it was not ‘permanent disability’.
The answer that was given caused them not to continue the effort since his health condition did not allow him to continue to claim his rights.
“When I was sitting for six months in Kampung Dato’ Ibrahim Majid, Simpang Renggam, we were visited by an officer from the agency, but until now there has been no result.
“I currently have no source of income, only depending on donations from my family and sympathetic neighbors,” he said when met at his home in Kampung Permatang Sepam, Benut, near here.
Norhayati questioned the answer from the agency which stated that he was able to work, but the fact is that he was no longer able to walk as usual.
Even more unfortunate, her husband died last year due to ‘long Covid’ causing her to now only rely on an allowance from the Social Welfare Department (JKM) of RM300 a month.
“Help for the physically disabled (OKU) category was worked out by my late husband before he died as an expense if there was none,” she said with tears in her eyes.
He has four children, two boys and a girl each, with both of his daughters married and following their respective husbands in Negeri Sembilan and Simpang Renggam.
He now lives with two sons including the eldest who is also mentally disabled aged 31 and the other works as a restaurant assistant.
“My son receives an allowance of RM400 which is also used to cover daily expenses, while my allowance is partly to pay the monthly rent of the water filter.
“With a little surplus, it is used to buy disposable diapers, medicines, foot washing fees every week at a private clinic in Rengit amounting to RM30 per service,” he said while informing that he also gets treatment three or four times a year at Sultanah Nora Hospital, Batu Pahat .
He said, his illness started with a mosquito bite while working in Kulai, then felt itchy before swelling like a baby’s arm and now getting bigger.
People who sympathize can contact Norhayati via 013-2055425 or his son, Hakim Abdul Rahman 013-7610608 or direct donations to Norhayati’s Maybank account number 151191631628. – MESSENGER
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